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French Minor

Division of Humanities - Adm
Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 27
French is an important language of diplomacy, commerce, and health care and is used in research across the globe and in many disciplines, such as music, art, linguistics, history, law, political science, anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and philosophy. The French discipline gives students the language and analytic skills necessary to engage intellectually with these interconnected fields in French and to appreciate the cultures of France and Francophone countries throughout the world. Objectives: The French curriculum is designed to ensure that students: *Develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in French; *Refine cross-cultural and problem-solving skills; *Expand research and career opportunities in a global and interconnected world; *Discover the traditions, literatures, arts, and histories of French-speaking peoples; *Explore the contributions of French-speaking peoples to education, the humanities, social sciences and/or STEM fields; *Engage in research in French; *Prepare for a career serving French-speaking people in the United States and abroad in the sciences, commerce, diplomacy, economic development, healthcare, teaching or community outreach. CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FRENCH The certificate program in French responds to the growing demand for individuals who can communicate successfully in a global environment and is intended for students whose other academic commitments prevent them from completing either a major or minor in French. To earn a certificate, a student must: a) complete a minimum of 16 credits in French at UMM at the 2xxx and/or 3xxx level. All courses for the certificate must be taken on campus at UMM. Students are encouraged to study abroad, but the UMM French faculty need to assess the skills and progress of the student. Therefore, classes taken abroad (including July in Paris) do not count for the certificate. b) earn at least a B in each of the four courses (S-N grades will not be accepted for the Certificate). No courses in English may count toward the French certificate program. Students who complete a major or minor in French are not eligible for the certificate program. A student who has met the above requirements will receive a reference letter from the UMM French faculty certifying completion of the certificate program as well as language competence based on guidelines published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Beginning French
Beginning French I and II or equivalent previous language experience required to take intermediate French.
Minor Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of French.
Students must complete a significant amount of coursework in French at UMM, but are also strongly encouraged to study abroad. In order to count study abroad toward the French major or minor, all students must procure formal approval of coursework from the French Discipline prior to departure. (Typically, no more than to 6 credits from study abroad may count towards the French minor.) No courses taught in English may count toward the French minor. No grades below C- may count toward the French minor. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
FREN 3002 - Civilization and Composition: From the Middle Ages to Classicism [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3003 - Civilization and Composition: France Since the Revolution of 1789 [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3004 - Civilization and Composition: Colonialism and Francophone Worlds [HIST] (2.0 cr)
FREN 3011 - Introduction to French and Francophone Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
HUM 1305 - Career Preparation in World Languages (1.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Selection of electives must be done in consultation with a French faculty member. Electives should ensure that there is variety and depth in the minor. Of the 16 additional elective credits, up to 2 credits from FREN 2013 and FREN 2014 may count as elective credits.
Take at most 2 credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 2013 - Explorations: Grammar (1.0 cr)
· FREN 2014 - Explorations: Cultures (1.0 cr)
Take 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FREN 2xxx
· FREN 3xxx
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